Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz became the first Director of the newly formed Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) in August 2014. Appointed as the first director of the Centre for Education Technology (CET) in 2005, Laura was behind UCT’s first educational technology policy and at the forefront of bringing technology more firmly into the classroom in a traditional university. In 2010, she was seconded to run OpenUCT, spearheading the open scholarship agenda, (including the UCT Open Access policy and repository) and then mainstreaming the work into the university library.
An NRF-rated researcher, Laura has published widely, both formally and informally. Her research has focused on the technologically-mediated practices of students and staff in a changing higher education environment. She believes that research and practice are closely inter-linked and that there is “nothing as practical as a good theory”. While Laura maintains that her work in this field is made possible by a “high tolerance for ambiguity”, it is equally possible that her work is fuelled by an inability to be bored and a passion for interesting work. Underpinning this is a keen awareness of the extent to which the higher education environment is characterised by digitally-mediated learning, and a commitment to surfacing the expressions of inequality in emergent contexts.
Laura’s work extends beyond the bounds of UCT. She is involved in policy work regionally and internationally, and is a regularly invited keynote and panellist presenter in South Africa and internationally as well as serving on the advisory boards of a variety of international educational and technology publications.
Czerniewicz, L (2016): Student practices in copyright culture: accessing learning resources, Learning, Media and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2016.1160928
Czerniewicz, L; Goodier, S and Morrell, R (2016): Southern knowledge online? Climate change research discoverability and communication practices, Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2016.1168473
Czerniewicz, L; Deacon, A; Glover, M; Walji, S (2016) MOOC – making and Open Educational Practices in Journal of Computing in Higher Education Special Issue call on Open Education DOI 10.1007/s12528-016-9128-7
Further information about Laura Czerniewicz is available here http://www.cilt.uct.ac.za/cilt/about/laura-czerniewicz#sthash.CmlWBbTp.dpuf